One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside is having a build-out! Freeside members get to flex their right to hack on the space infrastructure and hack Freeside itself into a collective vision. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to come and help us hack the space! We could always use extra hands for buildouts and are happy to show you around the space.

    Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and fitted clothing, and be ready to get your hands dirty! Freeside has safety goggles and ear protection, but feel free to bring your own.

    We will pretty much be there all day, come when you can.

    Some of the projects we're focusing on include:
    • Workshop and table resurfacing.
    • Finishing the bio lab.
    • Workshop cleanup and organization.
    • Ponder the meaning behind existence.
    • Finish the Podcasting station.
    • Organize the Ham Shack.
    • Prove P is equal to NP.
    • Send electrical pulses from our brains to our muscles.
    • Move our kiln to its final home.
    • Square the circle.
    • . . . And more to be announced!

    Come out and hack on the space with us!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, August 24 at 12:00 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Atlanta is a hackerspace / makerspace (and a nonprofit) dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and other makers to collaborate.

    Freeside holds open houses on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, so that people can see what we have, discuss what we can help do, and meet interesting Freesiders and guests.

    We explain what Freeside is, review upcoming classes and other events, and briefly introduce ourselves (members and guests). Then we give a tour of the space, and mingle and talk and scheme.

    You can also get a preview of our space by checking out our photo tour ( page on Meetup.

    Directions -

    Freeside is in space #6066 of the Metropolitan complex, at 675 Metropolitan Parkway. The Metropolitan complex is situated on the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 41 (which changes name from Northside Drive to Metropolitan Parkway at the intersection) and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.

    - Drive up a ramp to the entrance gate.
    - At the gate, turn 180 degrees to the right.
    - At the first and only left, turn left.
    - Freeside is located on the righthand side, about 500 meters down.


    If you need any help or have a question, just email us at

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Tuesday, August 27 at 7:30 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Take your Arduino skills too the next level!

    You'll make a lamp that glows, flickers, or pulses, looking interesting, a concrete example of what you can make.

    You'll also learn, and do, some things not covered in the Intro to Arduino class.

    You'll learn how to control a strip of LED's to make them change color and brightness, and move in patterns.

    You'll learn how to install additional libraries of software, so you will be able to make use of a lot of great software others have written and contributed.

    You'll learn how to let Arduinos control devices that need more power than an Arduino can provide directly.

    You'll learn some fabrication techniques that you can use in other projects.

    With the Decatur Lantern Parade coming up (10 May), now is a great time to gain these skills, to make a fascinting lantern to show off.

    Some prior Arduino (or other) programming experience would be helpful, but is not required to take this class. You'll go home with your very own glowing cloud to hang on the wall!

    The workshop takes about 3 hours.

    PRICE:- $60 for non-members of Freeside- $30 for members of Freeside (please pay full amount and we will refund you the difference.)

    Price includes: An Arduino Uno clone, an LED strip, and materials needed to build your cloud. You will get to take these home with you!

    - A laptop computer with WiFi
    - An installed copy of the Arduino IDE (it's free) - here's where to get it:
    - An installed driver for the CH340 serial chip - here is a discussion about how to do this:

    PLEASE have the IDE and the driver installed BEFORE the Meetup.

    Building on the basics of using an Arduino, this class will move forward, anddiscuss:- how to use libraries of code, benefitting from the work of others- how to work with the LED strips that will illuminate your cloud- how addressable RGB LED's work, and how the library we will use controls them- circuit design to allow an Arduino to control something it is not actually powering.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, August 28 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 60.00 USD